The Value of a Boring Conversation | Ideas and Thoughts

While I’ve not read any of Sherry Turkle’s books, I have watched her Ted Talk and watched some of the discussion and at times controversy around her ideas.

The one idea that’s been bugging me for a while with my own media use is the seduction of personalization and control. We have so many ways we connect to people and most of them allow us a great deal of control with respect to who we listen to and when and how we respond. This is truly empowering. I recall how wonderful email was as it allowed you to decide when you would respond to someone as opposed to being tethered to time and place with a phone call. In addition, you eliminated the long, boring conversations that

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